Hot air balloons

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Today is one year since a hot air balloon landed in our back yard (the park behind us actually). Last year only two of our family members were able to ride on the balloon. So I was excited when I read in the paper that they would have balloons at the air park today. We got there to see them fill up the balloons. Pretty neat to watch, but they were not giving any rides today. We stayed around and watched four balloons go from flat to gone in the air. It was fun. Though we had a sad little boy who really wanted to ride on a balloon. Maybe another time.


Beaver doctors

Monday, September 14, 2009

I have to say I never know what pictures I will find on my camera. Big sister loves my camera. In fact she uses it more than I do. So it was neat to see some she took recently of her siblings. These are the unedited, but sincere imatations of ones dad took about a year ago with a black background. PS. this is two of the most worn clothes in our house. Little man would wear his daily if I would let him.

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what does one do with $39 of gift certificates to a coffee stand

At the end of the school year, I got a $5 gift card to a local coffee stand for all the extra help that I did volunteeing at the school. It was a nice thought, but ended up on my desk. Then the kids and Shaun enterd the fair and some of their outstanding exhibits won prizes of coffee shop certificates. A little strange that was a prize to a kid's competition, but alright. So I counted it all out and realized that our family from June to August had recieved $39 in coffee cash. I shook my head in disbelief, only a non coffee drinking family would be this "lucky" So what do you do with all that. So we gave some away and we have tried a few Italian sodas. Tried a fruit soothie, but it smelled like coffee and I couldn't get past that. I am sure it was fine, but I just couldn't go there. We still have a bunch, and I have to admitt, when we drive up to get the italian soda, I look around to see if anyone is watching. I am not sure we will use all the gift certificates or not, but I do have to chuckle at the thought of $39. (should have been 40, but we were shorted one.)
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Can I just say I love this boy

Friday, September 11, 2009

No one, but this guy likes to pick up the dog droppings. It is a chore in and of it self just to get someone to do it. Only to have this guy come running up saying I want to help. He does not get much picked up, but he sure tries. I, at first tried to convince him that he was too small and should not help, only to have tempertantrums, so I gave up and and now am so delighted that he is always so willing to do the duty no one else wants to do.

I just hope he still wants to when he is older. One must ask, why would I post this. Well, I have to say when I watch him work so hard at something that really is not easy for him, I can't help but think that he is such a wonderful little boy and that is a memory I want to cherish.


First day of school

Okay this is not her first day of school. I forgot to get that picture, since she started a day later. This is the WEB shirt she was required to wear to school to do an orientation for the sixth graders.
Okay so this guy is too small for school, but he takes his backpack every day, lunch in all.
Can you see she is missing her first tooth, just a couple days before school started?


Two minutes of fame part two

Just because I had a picture of the final product and the cool ribbon. I will post it, but mainly I wanted to write about how fascinating the studio was. Just below is on of the three areas the weatherman stood to broadcast live. This was the room we waited in until is was our turn to go. From on air one would never know he was just standing by a big sign and a large screen tv. Then another time he sat in the main studio with the anchor man. Other than that he would stand in front of a blue screen and point in one direction or another as the actual picture would appear on tv. Then he would run to his computer and then back to one of his places. This went on about a dozen or so times each hour. Oh so fasinating.

The "real" studio was divided into three main areas. All one room but three areas. In the center was two camera people who did an amazing job. The sound people were somewhere, but no where I could see. While we were there they had a couple contest to win Bimart gift cards for caller # 9. It was neat to watch. A lady with a headset would be anywhere on set or off (it was commercial break). She would say your caller 1.... all the way to 8 and then make a bigger deal with caller 9.

Does Anna look great for having get up at 3 am to come with us? Any way, it was a neat experience, but not one I would get up at 3 am or so for again. It took me most of the day to recoup from lack of sleep.


Two minutes of fame

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Denise is not one to toot her own horn, so I will do it for her. Denise, entered the Fleishmann's yeast bake for the cure contest at the State Fair. She took third place with her Carmel Bow Knots. The next day she received a call from a representative from Fleishmann's yeast who asked if she would appear on the Channel 9 news in Eugene and demonstrate her product. Denise agreed and did a great job. Here is the video since most of us do not get the Channel 9 news. It was very interesting to see the behind the scenes of how the news is produced. Denise did a fantastic job with no practice. Denise we are so proud of you. --SG

Oregon State Fair's Fleischmann's Yeast "Bake for the Cure" 3rd place winner, Denise Gatherum's recipe.

Caramel Bow Knots:

2 cups warm water (110-115 degrees)
2/3 cup nonfat dry milk (instant)
2 TBS Fleischmann's dry yeast
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup butter
1 egg
5-5 1/2 cups flour, all purpose (bread flour can be used if you have it on hand)

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
4 TBS butter
1 1/2 tsp. water
3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1/2 cup sugar
1 TBS ground cinnamon

In the large bowl of an electric mixer, combine the water and the milk powder and stir so the milk dissolves. Add the yeast to this mixture then the sugar, salt, butter, egg and 2 cups of the flour. Mix on low speed of mixer until ingredients are wet, then turn to medium speed and mix for 2 minutes. Stop the mixer and add 2 more cups of flour then mix on low speed until the ingredients are wet, then turn mixer on medium speed and mix for 2 minutes. The dough will be getting stiff and you may need to remove the bowl from the mixer and mix in the remaining flour by hand. Add approximately 1/2 cup of flour and mix again. (This can be done by hand or mixer). The dough should be soft, not overly sticky, and not stiff. (It is not necessary to use the entire amount of flour). Scrape the dough off the sides of the bowl and pour approximately on tablespoon of vegetable oil all around the sides of the bowl. Turn the dough over in the bowl so it is covered with the oil. (This helps prevent the dough from drying out.) Cover with plastic and allow to rise in a warm place until double in size.

Mix brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, and water in medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat until butter is melted; simmer 3 to 4 minutes until if looks like syrup. Spread on bottom of 9 x 13 inch pan. Sprinkle chopped nuts on syrup mixture.

Combine ½ cup sugar and cinnamon together in shallow dish. Pinch off pieces of dough and roll between hands forming a 6 inch rope. Tie down in a knot and dip in sugar mixture and place in pan on top of syrup. Continue until pan is full. Let rise in warm place until double in size (about 40 min.)

Bake in a 350-degree oven for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven immediately and turn over onto wax paper to let syrup drip down through the bow knots. Makes 12 medium rolls.


Favorite Flower

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Shaun let me know that he found my favorite flower recently on a trip. I was a bit surprised, because I looked at all the flowers and they were all pretty, but none stood out as a favorite to me.

Then he told me the name, "It's called Hot Cocoa, it must be your favorite." How did we get that name for that flower.